SPIE Member Larry Hornbeck of Texas Instruments is among a group of inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame who were honored on May 2 in Silicon Valley. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the integrated circuit, this year's class represents advances related to or enabled by integrated circuit technology.
Hornbeck is the inventor of the Digital Micromirror Device, an array of up to two-million hinged microscopic aluminum mirrors on a silicon chip. Under digital control, these tiny mirrors tilt thousands of times a second to create an image by directing pulses of "digital" light through a projection lens and onto a television, presentation, or movie theater screen.
Other honorees included Alfred Y. Cho, who is credited as having achieved molecular beam epitaxy while at Bell Labs. Cho has contributed approximately 40 papers to SPIE symposia over the last two decades.
Gordon Moore, co-founder of both Fairchild and Intel and the author of Moore's Law, was also among the inductees.
Texas Instruments commends National Inventors Hall of Fame 2009 Inductees (press release)